U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, who has had NRA support in the past, seemed to be making a break with them Monday, News4 Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey reported.
Warner (D-Va.) is among the few Senate Democrats who has found favor with gun rights groups.
The shooting deaths of 20 children and seven adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., overcame his opposition to a ban on assault weapons, he said Monday.
“I believe every American has Second Amendment rights, the ability to hunt is part of our culture,” Warner said in an interview on WTVR-TV in Richmond. “But, you know, enough is enough. I think most of us realize that there are ways to get to rational gun control.”
The centrist former Virginia governor called for “stricter rules on the books” and endorsed President Barack Obama's call for cracking down on assault weapons.
Warner said he hadn't yet devised details for a bill that would have bipartisan support.